Monday, May 18, 2015

garden progress

I am always amazed at how much the garden can grow in such a short time frame.  Last week we had a couple days with a lot of rain, and then a lot of sun, and my garden turned into a huge weedy mess.  Can you even see the garden beds in that mess of dandelions?

This week will be spent cleaning up that garden space for planting next weekend.  In Maine the normal “planting day” seems to be Memorial Day weekend.  At least that is how it was when I was growing up, and that is what I have continued to do right along. 

I know that there are a lot of really great gardeners and farmers that start planting way before Memorial Day weekend, but I am not one of them.  There are years that I am out there early planting peas, but this year was not one of those years.  The snow lasting until the middle of April may have had something to do with that.

My hope is that between now and next weekend I will be able to get outside and get the garden cleaned up.  We shall see how well that goes.

Next weekend will be our big trip to the greenhouse.

It is something the kids and I look forward to every year.  It is always fun to see all the different flower and vegetable varieties that they have growing there, as well as having the kids pick out the seeds and seedlings they think belong in our garden. 

I tend to let them pick most of what we grow, for some reason when they pick out the plants, they then want to eat the vegetables those plants produce.  And I am all for lots of healthy vegetables!  Many of the vegetables tend to be purple, purple beans, purple peppers, purple tomatoes – purple is good!

My idea was to back off on the garden this year.  With a new baby I’m not sure how much time I will have to get out there and weed.  I mean, there will be time, but I’m sure that time will be used up in other ways, like sleeping…and sleeping.  But, I know that when I get to the greenhouse, I will want to buy all the normal things I buy, and the garden seems to expand from what I plan every year.  This year will most likely be no different.

My rhubarb is growing well.  I think it has quadrupled in size in the past week.  This week I will definitely need to pick some of it and start making rhubarb sauce, rhubarb pie, rhubarb custard pie and then freeze some as well. 

The garden to-do list is starting to get a little long for this week!

How is your garden growing?  Do you have a lot of planting ahead, or is it all already in the ground?


  1. I know exactly what you mean about the plans expanding once you get to the greenhouse. That happens to me every year. I've kept it simple-ish this year, but it's definitely gotten bigger than what I was talking about a month ago.

    Makes so much sense that the kids are more likely to eat what they've made a mental/emotional investment in - great move on your part!

  2. I love that you are still getting fresh kale and strawberries are coming too! That's more than most people hav at this point! Great work Mama!

  3. With all the sunshine and rain our yard is growing out of control. It's time to mow again! I love fresh veggies from the garden, but we don't have one. My in-laws kept a nice big one years and years ago. It was wonderful eating home-grown green beans and tomatoes. Mmm, I sure do miss 'em! I'm visiting from Celebrate the Small Things. Have a good weekend!

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